Let me introduce myself. My name is Mark Sisson. I’m 63 years young. I live and work in Malibu, California. In a past life I was a professional marathoner and triathlete. Now my life goal is to help 100 million people get healthy. I started this blog in 2006 to empower people to take full responsibility for their own health and enjoyment of life by investigating, discussing, and critically rethinking everything we’ve assumed to be true about health and wellness...Tell Me More
It’s Friday, everyone! And that means another Primal Blueprint Real Life Story from a Mark’s Daily Apple reader. If you have your own success story and would like to share it with me and the Mark’s Daily Apple community please contact me here. I’ll continue to publish these each Friday as long as they keep coming in. Thank you for reading!
My friend John was able to postpone/eliminate an imminent heart valve replacement by changing his lifestyle and “going Primal”. He is the one who turned me on to the Mark’s Daily Apple web site. I studied, and studied and studied. It all made so much sense that I was instantly committed.
So as I began to explain to friends and family my journey into the world of the Primal lifestyle I was confronted with a recurring question: “are you trying to lose weight?” This question was asked with the implied, “you are already thin, what are you trying to accomplish!?” At that time (two years ago at the age of 53) I was carrying 147 lbs on a 5’ 6” frame. Yes, compared to most of the people around me (and the entire United States) I was indeed “thin”, with a distance runner’s body. “Nooooo, I am not trying to lose weight people!”
Looking back, there were several unrelated building blocks which prompted my lifestyle change. John’s averted heart valve replacement, mom’s time in hospice care (and all that I was exposed to through that experience), my back issue, my knee issue (both related to all the distance running) and my growing realization that doctors don’t seem to have nearly the answers that we expect them to have. There is so much sickness all around us; type 2 diabetes, heart disease, various cancers, osteoporosis, obesity, etc. Not to pick on children, but it is hard to not notice all the really heavy kids (childhood obesity went from 5.5% in 1980 to a current 17%, or so). When I was a kid, in the 60s and 70s, most everyone in my neighborhood was fairly skinny. “What the heck is going on?”, I asked. In a word – carbohydrates – is what is going on. There is a lot more to why our society is sick, but that’s the biggy.
If 2012 was the year I dipped my toes in the Primal water, 2013 was the year that I made my way out to the deep end of the Primal pool. I attended PrimalCon in Oxnard, then signed up for the Malibu Transformation Retreat in October. The grand finale was the Personal Coaching in December with Vanessa Lambert. Each one of these activities was an opportunity to learn more, connect more, and get healthier.
I have lost weight – 13 lbs of fat. I am now 132 lbs with 6% body fat. Losing weight was never the goal. Building strength and stamina and getting back into post-injury running was the goal – done, done and done!
Of equal, or greater importance, is the effect that I have had on the people around me. In a very organic way, people around me have seen the changes in me and slowly but surely some have transitioned from naysayers to skeptics to inquisitive to seeking advice – what a blast! I am very proud of the co-workers and friends who are making coffee with MCT oil and butter in the mornings, skipping the tortillas and packaged food, and loading up on a variety of meats and veggies. They are seeing the results and the fire is burning brighter all the time. The success is infectious!
Back on the home front, on Christmas eve my 19 year old son was complaining, again, of his recurring stomach issues. He had already been to two or three doctors, who after reviewing the results of various tests, produced nothing to help him. He was discouraged enough to take me up on my offer to support him in going Primal for the month of January. So far he has only had one bad morning. This after having a burger with a bun the night before. The month is not over just yet, but it looks like we may have solved his problem – gluten sensitivity. It has been challenging keeping a 19 year old Primal. Out of this challenge we have broadened our menu choices (thank you weekly Meal Plan!), fine tuned our Sunday afternoon mega-cooking session, and accelerated our learning and experience. Now all we have to do is to get our 18 year old on the program!
Looking back to two years ago, there is so much that has changed as a result of making the transition to the new lifestyle. Back then I was suffering from injuries – now I am pain free and running again. My wife is on board and has lost the weight that she wanted to lose. I am sharing what I have learned by leading a number of good people to achieve their physical goals. Life is good.
My wife and I are booked for the March Tulum event. Hope to see you there!